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Team news: No fresh injury concerns for Neal

Update from the manager ahead of away match at Gillingham

6 September 2018

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Neal Ardley hopes that the knee injury suffered by Terell Thomas is not as bad as first feared with the defender due to have an MRI scan today.

Speaking to iFollow ahead of the match at Gillingham, our manager reported that his squad is in good shape as the Dons prepare for a return to League One action.

"At the time we were all a bit worried for Terell as it looked a bit awkward," said Neal. "But it hasn't flared up over the last couple of days. He is having an MRI scan today, but we are hopeful that the damage is not as great as first feared. It was precautionary to take Tom Soares off (on Tuesday) in his first game back. Other than Terell, everyone has come through in form and looking good, so we have a good squad to pick from."

Wimbledon gear up for the trip to Gillingham on the back of a positive experience at Charlton in the Checkatrade Trophy. Midfielder Scott Wagstaff was among those to catch the eye and Neal is pleased with the form shown by his new signings so far this season.

"Wimbledon fans like people who work really hard for their team and the shirt," added Neal. "I think the fans have taken to quite a few of the new signings. They are young and they still need to develop a lot of their games. Scott is not one of those as he is more experienced and I know what I'm going to get from him. He is a very good player, very hard-working, and his stats are phenomenal in games. I thought he was excellent the other night. That's good and the same with Mitch Pinnock etc. We are really happy with how the boys are performing, but we just have to try and turn some of the performances into points."

Scott is one of four ex-Gillingham players in the frame to face their old club on Saturday with Andy Barcham, Deji Oshilaja, and Joe Pigott having all spent time at Priestfield Stadium in the past. Our former captain Barry Fuller is likely to be in opposition after joining Gillingham in the summer, though Dean Parrett has missed recent games due to injury.

Listen to what our manager had to say about Barry, who captained Wimbledon to Wembley glory in 2016, by tuning into our update on our iFollow channel. Click on the link above to watch Rob Cornell's interview with Neal.

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